Monday, December 24, 2007

on the ball? or, the sky is falling




I read this commentary on the MSM (our favourite, biased hobby horse) over at the Republic. The last line says much.
So what happened?

Headline in The Globe and Mail, Monday December 3, 2007: “Chevez suffers stinging referendum defeat.”

Headline in The National Post, Monday December 3, 2007: “Chevez heading to referendum win.”

Headline in The Vancouver Sun, Monday December 3, 2007: “Chevez concedes defeat in Venezuelan referendum.”

Headline in The Wall Street Journal, Monday December 3, 2007: “Chevez headed for victory in Venezuela, exit polls show.”

Headline in The New York Times, Monday December 3, 2007: “For Venezuela, tensions mount with close vote.”

Surely a case of corporate media telling the story they want you to hear before telling the story that was.
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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Canwest Globel will soon have a direct plug and play to every brain in Canada...

Only right-wing self-serving corporate material will be downloaded.

They just bought Alliance Atlantis with money from buddies Goldman Sachs.

The CRTC said..'oh so you own most of the papers, many of the TV channels and now you want to buy a major content provider? Sure why not?'

Ho Ho Ho said...

That's a good one... to liven up conversation over tonight's turkey dinner.

solipsist said...

Canwest Globel will soon have a direct plug and play to every brain in Canada...

That is of great consternation to me. I highly recommend disabling the PNP protocol!

to liven up conversation over tonight's turkey dinner.

Quick! Before the tryptophan kicks in! It will be even better if there is cognac involved...

Anonymous said...

NYT headline is spot-on given when the paper is printed (final vote count was 50.x% NO to 49.x% YES with nearly half of all voters abstaining).

Nothing inaccurate about WSJ headline either - same as NYT, story printed before the election was actually tallied.

NP headline also based on the same exit polling (and same Reuters source) as the WSJ - so no issues there either.

VS had the advantage of being 3 timezones behind, so that one should be expected to have more up to date details (just little things, like actual vote counts instead of exit polls).

Special kudos to GaM for managing to get a more timely headline to us despite being an east-coast outfit.


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You're trying waaaay to hard here, bud....

solipsist said...

You're trying waaaay to hard here, bud....

Sadly, you may not be trying hard enough. I did explicitly point out the last line Surely a case of corporate media telling the story they want you to hear before telling the story that was.

I know that my references are sometimes nuanced, and often oblique, but it was just a shot at the MSM.

I'm not sure if it was the MSM that screwed it up, or The Republic, but I have always known El Presidente do Venezuela as Hugo Chavez, and not the Chevez as reported.

Perhaps I'm not trying hard enough, and am doing too many cheap posts.

Sorry. I'll try to try harder in the New Year.


I really did like your argument though. I just didn't like being called "bud".

Anonymous said...

Surely a case of corporate media telling the story they want you to hear before telling the story that was.

Except I don't see that they actually did that. The "early edition" stories were very explicit about calling out the limits of what was really known at the time the stories were published.

Given what passes for "journalism" these days I was actually surprised at the relative clean reporting of it - maybe Chavez needs to blow something up to be considered important enough for serious spin. ;)

...not the Chevez as reported.

If you look up the original sources you can see for yourself the spelling is a "local touch". Maybe they're doing the "right" thing because the "a" is accented....?

Sorry. I'll try to try harder in the New Year.

Please do. The other local RE blogs are going down the shitter - you're our last best hope.

:)

Paul said...

Weekly REBGV numbers are up on my site:

http://www.nvcondos.ca/index.jsp

Happy New Year Solipsist!

trotter said...

Wishing all a Happy and Safe 2008.

Just for fun, my 2008 predictions are:
1] Huckabee will be the next US President
2] Canada Election will be later half of the year or in 2009
3] BC Prov Election cud fast forward to 2008,
if not, NDP will return to power in 2009 and inherit all the debts and issues.
4] MetroVan RE prices down in certain areas,
while prices in VanWest and WestVan continue single digit percentage gain.
5] No of immigrants to BC to remain at the same level as 2001-2007,
but with more opting for short landed status (not taking up residency immediately).
6] No of inter provincial migration continue to grow with exodus of immigrants from Quebec and the eastern provinces to the western provinces.

I might as well throw in some tealeaves reading to round off:
A catastrophe of the same magnitude as a world-class incident that makes world-class headlines, will take place in BC before yearend.